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Brunching at a Steakhouse.

What's different about Sunday brunch at a fancy steakhouse? Well here's the story.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House

We have done a lot of brunch goin' in this blog. Hotels, restaurants, buffets, night-time... but we hadn't been to a Steakhouse brunch. Now, L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House reigns supreme currently in the top 5 restaurants in Oranjestad, Aruba according to Tripadvisor reviews, and is the only steakhouse from that top 5. That must mean something!


To those unfamiliar with the place, it is located at the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort, on the second floor of the Renaissance Mall, overlooking the harbor and the L.G. Smith Boulevard. It is a prime location like no other downtown, with the most entertaining view from their tables. But the view isn't anything if the product is not up to par. L.G. Smith's in my past visits has been truly phenomenal so as far as my experience has been, I have nothing but high words to say.


Brunches can be detrimental to a restaurant. High volume and a thousand orders going in the kitchen at once while patrons drink sparkling wine at terrifying speeds, sounds like a nightmare to most restaurant people. That's why some restaurants do brunches only for special occasions. This time L.G. Smith's geared up for Mother's Day.


The ambiance at L.G. Smith's is modern, vibrant, edgy, artsy, and above all high-end. Red and black colors, along with wooden columns and beams. A fantastic bar separated from the dining area and the coolest tunnel-like entrance really takes your mind into it. They also have two private dining areas that are truly fancy if that is your vibe.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Main Dining Area at L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House. Photo Credit: L.G. Smith's Facebook page.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Modern and Edgy vibes are part of the restaurant character.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Photo Credit: L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Private Dining Areas are available if you want to live your Kris Jenner fantasy.

The Brunch Experience.


Now, once you get to L.G. Smith's and sit you're presented with the menu, a glass of sparkling wine, and a tiny fruit salad to open your appetite. The little basil strings really added a touch.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House

The menu is short but substantial. I have stated before that I am not a fan of extensive menus, I mean, who could make up their mind with 30 dishes? and then leave feeling that poor choices were made or missing out cause there was no time to taste it all.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House

11 dishes and 4 desserts. This is a brunch à la carte and you get to order one dish per round. So, with no time to waste, let's dive into the food.


I usually prefer to have a breakfast-like item to start but given the fact that this menu did not have any waffles or similar, I decided I was gonna go right into the good stuff so I ordered the Short Rib.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Short Rib

It came with a tiny poached egg (I assumed It was quail) and Hollandaise sauce on top. The short rib, tender, and pully-aparty was phenomenal and the side potatoes ohhhh... so good. When you come to think about the engineering of this dish, it's so good they include the egg, the potatoes, the hollandaise, and the beef. It's almost like: "hey this is how we do breakfast at L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House" and I am here for it.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Pork Belly

That's the Pork Belly. So much going on in a good way. And so much beauty. Purple rice that I didn't even know existed, chives, goat cheese, quail soft-boiled egg, onion jam... if that description alone didn't make you interested I don't know what will.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Bao Bun

The classic Bao Bun with fried chicken, sriracha mayo, and pickled cucumber can't go wrong. That is all.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House

I just wanted to make a parenthesis to extend my biggest gratitude to whoever came up with the idea to put the bottle in a standing bucket (and a great-looking one) next to the table. Taking the task out of the servers who actually poured immeasurable of the drinks themselves to us but also letting us take the reigns of the situation is so nice and something I've never seen before. It's bottomless, just leave the bottle in close proximity and we'll be the happiest.


Full disclosure, I don't know if that is part of the usual experience but it felt really special that day.

 

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Tiradito

This is Tiradito de Wahoo with rocoto (red pepper) sauce, avocado, and puffed rice. Good for a change. Lately, everyone has a ceviche on the menu and I think these generous slices of fresh fish take things to a next level.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Scallops

Whoever is a fan of Scallops would love these. Seared to perfection, pumpkin purée, a touch of garlic, and red cabbage sauce.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Tuna Tartare

The creamiest tuna tartare that has ever been.


The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Corvina

Corvina is one of my favorite fish and this dish executed it so well, then again differently with a wheat Saffron bulgur, coconut bisque, and a cherry tomato confit. Talk about a warm palette.

The Foode Life Aruba Restaurant Reviews Enrique Balestrini L.G.Smith's Steak & Chop House
Steak

Of course, you come to a Steakhouse for the Steak. This one was just butter to a hot knife. Truffled polenta below (we need to see more polenta on menus!) and some classic red wine reduction. Truly the star of the show and my top pick from the menu.



Both desserts (chocolate sorbet and tart) were to the point and delicious. For the sorbet, anything that is chocolate mixed with orange will be a winner.


So what have we learned? The brunch at L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House is a brunch for grown-ups, for foodies without being pretentious or intimidating, and the value is more than justified with all you can have. The menu can be short for some but the quality of every single dish is top tier. The all-indoor dining area will spare you from the heat and the modern, elegant vibe is the perfect opportunity to dress up and spend a different Sunday overlooking the Oranjestad harbor.


I have been tipped that Father's Day Brunch is the next one coming so call, make your reservation and tell them you read it here first!


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